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Could somebody please explain histrionic personality disorder?
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Dr. Christopher Michael
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: Over-dramatic
Center of attention & is theatrical or exaggerated.
Emotions shift quickly, but not intense. Speech imprecise & flighty. Dress & behavior designed to draw notice. Flirtatious but not usually sexually intense. Frequent troubles designed to elicit help or attention. Not as self-sabotaging / angry / fearful as a 'borderline' personality, more outgoing & competent than 'dependent' personality.

In brief: Over-dramatic
Center of attention & is theatrical or exaggerated.
Emotions shift quickly, but not intense. Speech imprecise & flighty. Dress & behavior designed to draw notice. Flirtatious but not usually sexually intense. Frequent troubles designed to elicit help or attention. Not as self-sabotaging / angry / fearful as a 'borderline' personality, more outgoing & competent than 'dependent' personality.
Dr. Christopher Michael
Dr. Christopher Michael
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Dr. Christopher Michael
As with all personality disorders, there are all 'levels' of functioning. Some people have dramatic tendencies, for example, but do not have a severe enough personality disturbance to qualify for the diagnosis in the DSM.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
In brief: Histrionic
The hallmark of a histrionic is that the person has to be at the center of attention at all times.
It's like watching an actor who is always playing a role "on stage" and very uncomfortable with NOT being the center of attention.

In brief: Histrionic
The hallmark of a histrionic is that the person has to be at the center of attention at all times.
It's like watching an actor who is always playing a role "on stage" and very uncomfortable with NOT being the center of attention.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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